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A business strategy lesson from The Purple One (Prince).

Prince Bans Music Services from Streaming His Catalog- http://www.blackenterprise.com/news/prince-bans-music-services-streaming-his-catalog/

Ownership. Control. Profits. I ain't mad at him. Prince is well known for his public battle with Warner Brothers (which he did win).This can work for someone like Prince who has time, clout and a large body of work in this business. But can it be a profitable strategy for lesser known artists? 

The internet has leveled the playing field in a lot of ways for artists. But there is a possibility it could also cripple them if they go Prince's route. He obviously doesn't need the exposure. 

Let's look at what Beyonce did. She went straight to iTunes to drop her last work. She took on Target and sold millions without ever having to get distribution in Target. She controlled the medium. She controlled the access. iTunes and the internet worked fine for her.

Look at Taylor Swift. She stood up to Apple and got them to change their policy by threatening to pul he music from iTunes. They conceded and she's now on the roster. 

Weigh in on this. Do you see this working for artists? And looking even further, what about authors and other content creators?
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I was absolutely floored when this came across my inbox today! But I understand the reasons behind it. Their revenues declined 50% year over year in the first quarter of this year! 

Lesson: Sometimes you have to make the tough decision to put ego aside and sell. This can't be easy for her.

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Sold for $353 Million- http://adage.com/article/media/martha-stewart-living-omnimedia-sold-353-million/299155/
Founder Martha Stewart will stay with the company as chief creative officer.
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Ms. Graham, (Adrienne)

My name is Theren Albritton and I'm an Entrepreneur.  I'm writing you from Virginia.  I need your advice in several areas...https://plus.google.com/+TherenAlbrittonRay/posts  I also need to speak with the following professional(s) ASAP.  An Entertainment attorney, Law Firm, or Agent that represents musical service brokers,  musicians, music publishers, songwriters, record producers, independent distributors, independent record labels, executives, sound engineers, television producers, etc.

Our team of music brokers would like to form a long-term contractual agreement with as an example, Warner Music Group, Sony BMG, or Sony Music Entertainment to provide musical services from our Southeast VA & NC Based home office location.  This market, as you know, is a vital market and has produced the likes of Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, Missy Elliott, Magoo, Teddy Riley, and a host of other "World Class", internationally recognized performing artists and producers.

As musicians and as a music production and songwriting team of 30+ years experience, we have our finger on the pulse of the "Next Generation".  We won't stop until the infrastructure for aspiring musicians and performers is successfully built to support our diverse and highly talented pool of talent throughout the Southeastern Market and the Mid-Atlantic Region.

We present to you "A Regeneration of the Arts and Humanities" Trade Marked and originated by Theren Albritton. (All rights reserved.)  This multi genre movement starts right here with Albritton & Associates Musical Services.  Feel free to call or text Theren Albritton at 757-288-2997 or at 1-866-229=7048 or email theren.albritton74@gmail.com. Thank you in advance.

Let's Get It Done Together,

Theren R. Albritton, T. Ray Albritton  (Ray)
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We’re getting excited for amazing speakers, startups and music acts at this year’s +Bitspiration festival in Warsaw, Poland! Don’t miss it. Tickets on sale here: http://goo.gl/05xjiX
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Managing cash flow has never been easier with the help of cloud technology. Here's what else it can help you with: http://bit.ly/1KWlA0g #spon  
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Yesterday I went on my Facebook page and made some declarations about branding. I didn't hold back. I put out there what was on my heart. I received some email from some concerned folks about my comments on "branding" yesterday. So I'll clarify.

From the Blog: Quit With the Branding & Just Be Real- http://www.empowerme.org/quit-with-the-branding-just-be-real/
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I totally get it. Have some meaning behind your brand and what you're delivering to the market. 
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Gearing up to bring back my radio show after a much needed hiatus. Are there any Real Estate Investors who do this as a full time business interesting in sharing top 3 success tips and/or helpful advice to listeners? NOT a coach or mentor or someone looking to sell a product or service. Actual full time investors in a full time capacity. Would love to have you on my radio show. Please contact info(at)empower(dot)org.
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One of the founders of modern Las Vegas whose name is synonymous with some of the Strip’s best known hotel-casinos, Kerkorian died Monday night in Los Angeles after a brief illness.
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"Mark Cuban once said, “the magic in business isn’t raising money but making money.” Amen. Our industry spends too much time sensationalizing the fundraise while ignoring the fact that this process marks the beginning, not the end, of a startup’s journey." Terrific VC insights from Steve Schlafman at RRE Ventures
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But where are the investment dollars? The reality is the money is in very few startup pockets....Here's what Mattermark discovered--in 24 hours, a shattering total of $1,401,700, 000.00 in new venture capital funding was announced. Yes, there are enough zero's behind that dollar sign to get every newly minted ambitious startup founder's heart racing. However, all that venture capital investment was injected into just seventeen technology companies.
While Venture Capital dollars are flowing into emerging tech at record rates, looking behind the numbers the real story is only a very few companies ever cash in on the tech investment frenzy.
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Recognize the value that outsourcing brings.
There is a world of talent helping entrepreneurs afford their dreams here at home.
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Don't be upset that other people TALK about it, just BE about it. Don't waste time focusing on other people when you have an empire to build.

(In other words, do you and keep it moving.)

-Adrienne Graham's #BOSSRules
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Please, please, PLEASE make sure you are classifying your people correctly. Just because you have someone sign an Independent Contractor agreement, doesn't mean they are. 

If you're going to run a real company, make sure you're following the law and you are classifying your employees and contractors correctly. Too many small businesses try to get away with hiring contractors and end up getting in trouble because they make them do employee tasks. Same thing with interns. 

If you are not sure where the person falls, please consult your attorney. Microsoft got slapped hard a few years ago by misclassification. Please be safe, not cheap!

UPDATE 2-Uber driver is employee, not contractor Calif. Labor Commission http://www.cnbc.com/id/102767090
June 17- A San Francisco- based driver for smartphone-based ride-hailing service Uber is an employee, not a contractor, according to a ruling by the California Labor Commission. The ruling, filed on Tuesday in state court in San Francisco, was the latest in a host of legal and regulatory challenges facing Uber and other highly valued start-ups in the United States...
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I help people GROW their business in ANY economy through strategy consulting, training, media and a variety of published books, CDs, DVDs and live programs. And I recruit for the technology & engineering sectors too.
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  • Empower Me! Corporation
    CEO/Business Strategist/Consultant/Speaker/Author/Show Host/Publisher, present
  • The Red Shoe Agency
    Founder/Recruitment Consultant/Career Management Specialist, 2013
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Business Growth Strategist - Entrepreneur - CEO - Mentor. Hey SiriusXM Radio, give me a show! #GetAdrienneonSiriusXMRadio
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I'm that chick that goes in the exit door and out the entrance door. That way they see me coming and going. 

But seriously, I am passionate about people growing. Nothing makes me sadder than to see people who think they are limited by their surroundings, the economy or a bad situation. I live to show people that they can grow and thrive in ANY economy, and to never settle.

I'm building an empire dedicated to providing people with tools to grow their business in any economy, with brand extensions in media and publishing (Empower Me! Corporation). I ran a recruitment consulting firm specializing in providing recruitment services for the portfolio companies of venture capital firms. 

I'm a serial entrepreneur with multiple ventures. My most recent launch was Curvy Girl Closet.

I am currently serving as a Mentor for the Straight Shot Accelerator Program in Omaha, NE, which is an accelerator dedicated to rapidly developing technology startups in e-commerce and SAAS.

I love my life and wouldn't change a thing. I'm a woman on a mission. I'm that person who makes it happen when people and circumstances tell me it can't be done.

Did I mention I'm also a writer, speaker and instructor? Well, now you know.
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My dog Jose Cuervo was photographed & appeared in Black Enterprise Magazine. I'm the newest Mentor for the Straight Shot Accelerator Program, My book No, You Can't Pick My Brain spent 3 weeks at the #1 spot for Hot New Releases on Amazon. My radio show was selected Top 100 Heavy Hitter Radio Shows for Small Business by Small Business Trends. MSNBC deemed me a "Jobs Expert". My "Brain Picking" article (now a book available on Amazon, in paperback, Kindle & Nook too) on Forbes got me selected by BlogHer as a Voice of the Week. And I placed in the Top10 Savviest in Social Media by Startup Nation. There's other stuff, but then I'd look like I'm bragging.
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